Trond Waage's Conference Presentation Anti-Bullying Network
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  Give Children the Responsibility    
So in the same way, when it comes to the educational system we have big reform in Norway now but children are not being asked. I asked the Education Minister, how can you do this? You will never ever manage to go through with this reform in practice, it will all be paperwork if children are not involved in the planning. I know because I have hundreds of phone calls and letters about the education system from 8 years, 9 years, 10 years, who are eager and willing to change and be a part of the education system. And the Convention has Article 12, you know, the participation article it is called and when we asked children about participation they say they have a fresh and different perspective in all that. But also it contributes to identity development, self esteem, empowerment and remember it is our lives you are talking about, they say. So give us the space, give us some responsibility and we will produce. They also have an agenda for development. In Norway we have 429 principalities around the country which are very much independent from the State more and more and half of these principalities see children as a problem and expensive. Now we are starting to change that because we are working in child friendly communities. The children are an investment and children are possibilities. But as long as we have the image of the child which is negative, born evil and continues as evil until its 18 and married we will never change anything. So the ultimate goal is, from the CRC perspective is that children will actually be exercising from that, to exercise their rights not only receiving them and that includes acting responsibly and not being ignored and not struggling in powerlessness.

Give Children the Responsibility